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North Korea closes its borders with Ebola excuse

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

North Korea is closing its borders to international tourists because of concerns about Ebola.

north-korea-borderAccording to news at CNN, travel agencies specialized in tours to North Korea in China reported that international tourists will not be allowed to enter North Korea.

KCNA, the country's state-run news agency, said North Korea is taking "preventive measures" to "control the infection by Ebola."

It stated that travelers would "undergo more thorough-going check and quarantine ... than ever before." North Korea's public health agencies are "regularly examining all people in order to rapidly confirm people suspicious of having contracted the disease and taking measures to treat them," KCNA reported.

It remains unclear if business travelers to North Korea will be affected.

In recent years, North Korea has become an increasingly popular destination for international tourists, including Americans, despite a U.S. State Department warning not to travel there because of the recent detentions of its citizens.

This is not the first time North Korea is restricting its borders because of disease concerns. In 2003, the country temporarily shut its borders as the SARS epidemic swept eastern Asia.

Currently, there are no reported Ebola cases in Asia.
Source: CNN

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